Infrastructure funding in mind Governors meet in DC

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The bridge collapse in Pittsburgh topped the agenda this weekend at the National Governor’s Association winter meeting in Washington DC. Governors from about 30 states, including Colorado, attend the event.

The 50-year-old Fern Hollow Bridge fell Friday morning, sending a bus and other vehicles crashing into a ravine. Ten people were injured, four of whom were hospitalized. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Pittsburgh on Saturday to investigate the collapse.

A study published in 2021 by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association found that 220,000 bridges in the United States (about 36% of all bridges in the country) are in need of major repairs or should be replaced.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke with governors at the NGA meeting about how to make the most of new federal funds authorized for road and bridge projects under the bill bipartisan on infrastructure.

Gov. Jared Polis said it’s important for Colorado to maximize the money available to our state.

“The federal government passed a big bipartisan infrastructure package, and we in Colorado passed a bipartisan infrastructure package,” Polis said. “Let’s make sure we make the most of it for everyday Coloradans.”

This is the first in-person meeting for the NGA since the pandemic. The three-day event ends Monday.

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